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Quick read on fullback Le'Ron McClain

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Fossil, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. Fossil

    Fossil BoltTalker

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    Since our local sports writers are too lazy to pick up their telephones, do some interviews, and write any stories...

    My path to the pros

    All-Pro fullback Le'Ron McClain recalls the days before he got paid to play

    The beginning

    My mom says I would stand in front of the TV and watch football all the time growing up. So when I was 6, she signed me up for flag football at the Fort Wayne, Ind., Boys & Girls Club. I also played baseball and basketball.
    I was on the Redskins in my youth football league, and one game we were playing against the Raiders, who we could never beat. But I had four sacks and ran a fumble back for a touchdown. I was probably 7 or 8 years old; it was one of my best games as a kid.

    The middle school days

    We moved to Alabama going into the second semester of sixth grade. My mom wanted to move there. That's where, as a 14-year-old, I met coach Lattimore, who was a great mentor to me. He knew my mom worked a lot, so he'd always come to the other side of town to get me for practice and make sure I was on time for games. I just thought that was a really special thing because I could tell he cared about me.

    The high school days

    I played both basketball and football through my sophomore year at Tuscaloosa County High. But after thinking about how to take my career to another level, I decided to focus solely on football. It worked. I formed a weightlifting/conditioning program with some of my high school friends and had two big seasons as a junior and senior. I was the No. 2-ranked fullback in my class, and was recruited by Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Georgia. My running back coach at Alabama, Sparky Woods, always said, "Approach practice like a professional and you'll get to the next level." He was right.

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  2. Concudan

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    Thanks for posting this Fos...
     

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